Seven Muddies got wet in the annual club Turkey Dive. Wetsuit divers out numbered the drysuit divers 5 to 2. The drysuits ended up with more time in the water. Visibility was in the 1′ to 5′ range with current moving at a hefty clip due to recent rains. The water temperature was 40 to 43 degrees F.
Four muddies were present for shore support. Some got wetter then they were planning on.
Finds included a modern embossed brick, coke bottle, marble, fishing lures, misc. filter and a golf ball which makes it an office dive
Once again there was a large group down by the river this evening and included Sarah, Mary Beth, Jake, Mark, Andy, Kevin, John, and Mac on shore. All in before the sun set and all out before the moon rose. Yea, its getting dark early.
Oct 7 – Jake Went down an snorkeled the St. Joe river this morning and the only thing that got a little cold was his lips. He stated it was just like kissing an Eskimo, so they warmed up fast. He was in for about an hour or more. Found a bunch of trash, two bottles, flip flops, and a big Shell sign.
Sunday – John Nedoba headed out to the Saint Joseph in Niles and dove off the park area behind the theater. The water temperature was 50 degrees ad the visibility a grand 10ft. Even though diving WET, John got in about an hour and a half.
Kevin Ailes went diving this day in Milwaukee, WI with “GL Shipwreck Explores”. It was a most excellent day of diving with great people which is what a lot of this is all about? Divers & Crew were Jitka Hanakova and Todd Shaw The water was a bit colder on that side of the lake but with better vis. AT the dive site the temperature was 41 degrees below 50 feet but with 20-30 foot vis.
Bob Sweeney and Kirk had a change of plans since they were the only ones going out. They went to Michigan City and dove the Muskegon instead. They still had lousy vis, only about 5 ft max with 54°f at the bottom at 28 ft. Bob tested his new heated pants and socks out today. The pants don’t have heating in the rear so he could feel the chill/ cold there. Toes were nicely warm so that was good.
The Muskegon was a wooden hulled steamer built in 1872 with dimensions of 211′ x 39.9′ x 12.4′. In 1907 it was converted from the passenger and package freighter the Peerless and became a bulk freighter and then 1910 a sand sucker. On October 6th, 1910 while in service for a sand and gravel company the vessel caught fire at dock in Michigan City. She was scuttled to extinguish the flames and set adrift in deep water. The Muskegon eventually sank at her current location near Michigan City in 1911. While there was no loss of life with the sinking of The Muskegon there was tragedy connected to the wreck. The owners sent the J.D. Marshall, a 154-foot wooden “lumber hooker,” to salvage the Muskegon’s deck and sand sucking equipment in 1911. Outfitted with the Muskegon’s equipment the Marshall itself sank the following day, over laden and in heavy seas, and killing four men. The shipwreck has been surveyed and as of 1989 listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Site – #89000290).
The wreck site is shallow and within 200 yards from shore. It is easy to get to with a short boat ride from local boat ramps.
Someone from the club is diving just about every week…